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Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center Opens as a Center for Innovative, World-Class Cardiac Care and Patient Education
Date:9/14/2009

M.D., H. Altschul Master Professor of Medicine, Chief of the Division of Cardiology and Cardiologist-in-Chief. Over his career of 30 years, Dr. Isom has been instrumental in training over 50 cardiothoracic surgeons, and under his supervision, the cardiothoracic surgeons at NewYork Presbyterian-Weill Cornell have performed almost 30,000 procedures with some of the best results in the country. Dr. Lerman serves as Director of the Electrophysiology Laboratory, is a recipient of an Established Investigator's Award from the American Heart Association and has been awarded NIH grants for his study of the cellular and molecular mechanisms of right ventricular tachycardia.

Dr. Holly Andersen, assistant professor of medicine and assistant attending physician and a leading authority on preventive cardiology, serves as the Institute's Director of Education and Outreach, overseeing patient education, community outreach and preventive efforts with the goal of raising awareness about the risks of heart disease and helping people adopt healthier lifestyles through education.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital's cardiology and cardiac surgery program consistently ranks among the top ten in the country according to USNews & World Report "America's Best Hospitals" survey, and has among the lowest mortality rates in the nation for patients diagnosed with heart failure and heart attack. Interventional cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons at the hospital are helping lead the PARTNER trial, the world's only randomized controlled study of a transcatheter aortic heart valve. This innovative approach replaces patients' heart valves without open heart surgery and has the potential to save thousands of lives of patients with no other therapeutic options.

Last year, it was announced that Mr. Perelman, chairman of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc., had made a $50 million gift to the Medical Center to be equally divided between N
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